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   Posted 8/20/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok i have a question! I will be taking my GREs in 5 days, so I've been very stressed and most likely will be the day of the exam! I've only been on meds for 2 weeks now, just recently diagnosed! and i'm still not doing very well, but better than last week let's just say! I was wondering if it would be a bad idea to take some anti-diarrheal pills before the test...recently i'll just be sitting down and i'll get terrible cramps like i'm going to have diarrhea at any second and i get really nauseous...if i just sit for awhile it does go away, but with being so nervous while taking a test, i'm not sure if that will work this time! I'm just worried that taking any over the counter anti-diarrheal thing will actually make me worse...i've never tried taking any with chron's before because i'm so new to this!! let me know what you all think...if it binds me up after the test i dont care! i just want to be able to sit through a 4 hour test and not make a mess in my pants :(
21 year old Female
*\o/* active cheerleader/cheer coach, love working out, and a full time college student *\o/*
Diagnosed with CD August 2008
On Prednisone (for a month), Asacol, cansa (for 2 weeks), starting Remicade in 5 weeks

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   Posted 8/20/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I currently live on Imoduim. Also, if you're worried, you should have gone the "disabled" route to get accommodations. I'd recommend you take something to help you not have issues.
I took the GREs a few months ago- boy did that suck... a lot. Be sure you're ready for the progressive math questions. You have to get the first few right to do well.
Laurenne, 23 Student @ University of California, Davis.
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002
On Humira, Strattera, Zoloft, (Multivitamin, Flax Oil, and Omega complex when I remember.)

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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I no longer have problems with D, but I can tell you when I did and I knew I was going somewhere where there might be limited bathroom access, I took Immodium. I use to take just one and that would stop me for the rest of the day. Strangely enough the next day would be back to normal. Go figure?!? Good luck with your GRE's!!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Imodium for the big D. When things are really in a bad flare, I take any where from 2 - 5 per day. My doc said it is safe to take up to 8 over 24 hours.

I am not sure why I do not see more people posting on here that they take Imodium, because it really helps my quality of life. I am not sure if I could live without it :-)

Good luck -


35 year old female - Diagnosed w/Crohn's 2002 - Surgery 2004

Currently taking: Pentasa, Entocort, Imuran, Immodium, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Seroquel

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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I ahve chronic D, all the time. I ahve had 2 resections, so there is nothing for it but to deal. I work every day too. So, in order for me to work I have to take Lomotil. This is a prescription strength anti-diarrheal. It is certainly not for someone who has occasional D though.
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Crohn's, Fibromyalgia, Several bad discs, bone spurs, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Reflux, Stenosis, Stricture
2 resections
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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   

I say take it. It will either stop the D or have a placebo effect and relieve your stress that the D will come at a bad time.

good luck and eat some of your safe foods the days before. nothing that makes you worse.



Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and Clonazepam 


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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Anytime I'm going out, whether out for a day at zoo with my kids, or out to dinner with my husband, or a car trip, I take immodium. Even if I'm not having any problems right then. And it works great 99% of the time. It definitely helps to take it before the problems start or at the first rumble. My doc asked how many I was taking and I said on the worst days, I was taking six before it worked. He said that was a "reasonable amount". So I guess side effects aren't much to worry about.
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, vicodin as needed, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Doc says no active disease, but flare-ups anyway. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.

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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is my routine for a test or interview. Get up early, walk around eat or drink just a little bit and get out that first bowel movement. THEN once you feel like you got the bulk of it out, take your immodium. I like the immodium AD with the anti gas effect as well. Also, you should be allowed to use the restroom during the exam. Obviously you don't want to go 100 times. But if you feel the urge and know you can't concentrate holding it in, then get up and go! But immodium works great for me. Getting out the first BM is key though. It avoids the cramping from the normal stuff trying to get out.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 8/20/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Taking it for emergency issues is fine, using it regularly will end up biting you in the arse...the hard way...toxic mega colon ring a bell???

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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